Professor Jorg Feldmann

Professor Jorg Feldmann
Dipl-Chem (Essen) Dr rer nat (Essen), FRSC

Chair in Chemistry

Professor Jorg Feldmann
Professor Jorg Feldmann

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The University of Aberdeen College of Physical Sciences - Chemistry Trace Element Speciation Laboratory (TESLA) Meston Walk Aberdeen AB24 3UE Scotland UK
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Professor for Environmental Analytical Chemistry

Director TESLA (Trace Element Speciation Laboratory)

Research interest: interaction of trace elements in the environment and biota using novel speciation methodologies and elemental bioimaging


TESLA: Trace Element Speciation Laboratory, Aberdeen

Marine Biodiscovery Centre


2014 - 2017  Visiting Professor at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC, Brazil)

2013 - 2016  Head of Chemistry

Since 2004 Professor for Environmental Analytical Chemistry

2003-2004 Reader at UoA

2001-2003 Senior Lecturer at UoA

1997-2001 Lecturer for Environmental Chemistry at University of Aberdeen (UoA)

1997 Senior Postdoc at University of British Columbia and University of Alberta, Canada

1995-1996 Feodor Lynen Fellow (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, BC, Canada

1991-1995 PhD at Institute of Environmental Analytical Chemistry (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)

1990-1991: Environmental Officer at City of Schwelm (Germany)

1989 Dipl.-Chem. at University of Essen and Chambers of Mines (J'burg, South Africa)


Research Interests

Prof Jörg Feldmann’s research interests concern understanding environmental and metabolic processes at the molecular level, particularly when the molecules involved contain a heteroelement  (e.g. F, P, S, As, Se, Sb, Hg, Bi, Pb, Sn). The focus of his work is on arsenic speciation in soil/plant as well as in the marine environment. While some studies are very applied such as the arsenic in rice studies. They led to the introduction of the maximum permissible level of inorganic arsenic in rice from the WHO and at the EU level. please see link here:

While his studies on arsenic in rice are very applied, his work also encompasses highly fundamental studies, such as the elucidation of arsenolipids in marine mammals.

Recent Awards and Prizes:

2016 Royal Society of Chemistry Interdisciplinary Prize (awarded annually)link

2015 European Award for Plasma Spectrochemistry (awarded biennially)link

2011 CRC Award (awarded biennially)

 Please use the link TESLA  to find out more about his research interests.

Current Research

More than 20 years ago, JF started to work with the then very new technique of ICP-MS during his PhD thesis, and immediately used it for coupling GC to ICPMS for the determination of volatile organometallic compounds. Since then, ICP-MS has been the decisive tool that his academic career was built on, with the advent of using it as a detector for speciation and bioimaging of trace elements. To date, he has published more than 250 peer-reviewed papers (citations > 12,000, h-index 59), mainly featuring ICP-MS results in over 90% of these papers. His key achievements are the development of analytical methods with applications in the medical sciences, epidemiology, microbiology, environmental science, food safety and in particular plant physiology. Hence, about half of his papers were published in analytical journals, while the others were published in general chemistry, environmental science and life science journals including Angew. Ch., Chem. Comm., Lancet, Sci Rep, ES&T, PNAS, PLoS and Science.

The TESLA lab's instrumentation includes two ICP-QQQ (Agilent 8800), ESI-Orbitrap (Thermo Discovery), ESI-qTOF-MS (Bruker maxis II), ESI-IT-MS (Agilent XCT), several HPLC-ICP-MS (Agilent 1200, 7500), laser ablation (New Wave 213), GC-ICP-MS and CV-AFS (PS Analytics, Merlin), HG-AFS (PSA), HR-CS-AAS (Analytic Jena ContrAA 700), gel electrophoresis, microwave digestion facilities (MARS, Ethos) clean room facilities, and a cryo-microtome.

Current projects:

- Arsenic speciation in food (inorganic arsenic in rice, seafood, etc.) using HPLC-ICPMS and affordable methods such as HPLC-HG-AFS, field kits

- Arsenic and selenium uptake and translocation in plants using elemental and molecular mass spectrometry (HPLC-ICP-MS/ESI-MS)

- Absolute quantification of proteins using species-specific isotope dilution mass spectrometry (gel electrophoresis laser ablation ICP-MS)

- Dynamic bioimaging of zinc in thin sections of organisms exposed to selected stable isotopes using laser ablation ICP-MS (LA-ICP-MS and LA-MC-ICP-MS)

- Arsenic species identification and quantification without standards using HPLC-ICP-MS/ESMS (Arsenomics or arsenic speciation)

- Inorganic arsenic in seaweed (analytical chemistry and environmental studies)

- Arsenolipids in marine samples (stranded pilot whales, seaweed): the analysis, the occurrence and the origin of arsenic containing lipids

- Method developments for archaeological specimen such as teeth and horns using LA-ICP-MS

- Biovolatilisation of arsenic, tin, selenium, antimony, iodine and mercury using GC-ICP-MS

- Method development for trace element speciation in oil & gas with an emphasis on mercury and arsenic (Petroleomics)

- Determination of natural and biological nano-particles (NNP and BNP) in the environment and in biological systems

- Fluorine speciation analysis in environmental and biological samples (Fluoronomics) using CS-MAS and ICP-MS.

- Biogeochemistry of selenium and tellurium using bioimaging and speciation analysis


His and Dr Eva Krupp's research group is TESLA (Trace Element speciation lab) and approximately 15 PhD students, postdocs and project studients are members of this group.

Here only the names of the main collaborators are listed and only one from each research unit.

- Prof. Andy Meharg (Queens Belast)

- Prof. Marcel Jaspars (Chemistry, UA)

- Prof. John H. Beattie (Rowett Institute, UA)

- Prof. G. Nixon (Inst. Med. Sci, UA)

- Prof. Al Brown (Medical Sciences, UA)

- Prof. Paul Fowler (Medical Sciences, UA)

- Prof. John Parnell (Geology, UA)

- Prof. Jane E Thomas-Oates (Bioanalytical Sci., U of York, UK)

- Prof Eric Skaar (Microbiology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN)

- Prof. Enzo Lombi (Centre of Risk Assessment & Remediation, U of South Australia)

- Dr. Pascal Salaun (Oceanography, U of Liverpool)

- Dr Kirk Scheckel (US-EPA)

- Prof. Fang-Jie Zhao (Agricultural University Nanjing, China)

- Dr Evin McGovern, Marine Institute (Galway, Ireland)

- Prof. Yongguan Zhu (Research Center for Eco-environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Bejing, China)

- Prof. Md, Rafiqul Islam (Agriculture Bangladesh University) 

- Prof. Bernhard Welz (U Federal de S Catarina, Florianopolis, SC, Brazil)

- Prof. Fabrizio Queirolo and Dr S. Stegen (U Cat del Norte, Antofagasta, Chile)

- Prof. Jorge Yanez (U Concepcion, Chile)

- Prof. Érico Marlon de Morales Flores (U Federal de Santa Maria, Rio Grande del Sul, Brazil) 

- Dr. Patricia Smichowski, (Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Research Grants

Recent Grants:

- Agilent Partner Laboratory

- Development of infrared and Raman imaging for objective scoring of breast cancer tissue sections NPRP 7-1267-3-328 (Qatar National Research Fund) (US$20k)

- Tellurium and selenium cycling and supply (PI J. Parnell, NERC) (£666k)

- Total Fluorine in tea infusion using CS-MAS, IC and ISE and its speciation (Malaysia Research Fund) (£64k)

- Stability and homogeneity test for arsenobetaine standards (EU- IRMM) (EURO 8.7k)

- Implementação de metodologias de especiação nos laboratórios dos grupos de pesquisa em espectrometria atômica e de massa e de pesquisas em cromatográfica e espectrometria atômica do departamento de química da ufsc: aplicação a espécies de arsênio e mercúr (Ciencia sem Fronteiras – Science without Borders, Brazil) PI (B. Welz (U Santa Catarina) (total R$491k)

- Environmental Fluoronomics – from anthropogenic emissions to accumulation in top predators (Swedish Research Council), SEK 3.5M (total) co-PI  with PI Urs Berger (ITM University of Stockholm), for TESLA SEK 458k

- Bioimaging of trace elements in fruits and vegetables in the UK (FSA) (£156k)

- Metrology for metalloproteins (Metallomics) JRP-h-17 (EMRP-Euromat) (Euro 260k)

- Boron Speciation in semiconductor material (ELKEM, Norway) (£50k)


Teaching Responsibilities

Professor Feldmann is teaches in the following courses:

  • BI1509 Ecology and Environmental Sciences
  • CM2011 Analytical Methods in Forensic Chemistry
  • CM3038 Environmental Chemistry
  • 4th year Honours Chemistry: Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, Speciation & Metallomics
  • 4th year Honours Chemistry: Environmental Toxicology and Chemometrics
  • Master course (Analytical Chemistry)
Further Info

External Responsibilities

Advisor for United Nation EP: mercury in waste

International Advisory Board: Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry; ABC (Nature-Springer)

International Advisory Board: Environmental Chemistry (CSIRO)

Editorial Board: Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry; JAAS (RSC)


Admin Responsibilities

Chemistry level 3 coordinator

Lab coordinator Environmental Chemistry

Recent invited and keynote lectures at international conferences



      1. RSC Award Lecture, University of Cardiff, UK, Faculty Lecture, 9th January 2017

      2. Invited lecture: Why we measure what we measure in speciation studies.  European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, St. Anton, Austria, Feb. 2017

      3. RSC Award Lecture, University of York, York, UK,15th February 2017

      4. Departmental lecture: Are pilot whale the dumping ground for toxic metals, matis, Reykjavik, Iceland, March 2017.

      5. Plenary lecture: the decade of the non-metals, 14th Rio Symposium on Atomic Spectrometry, Vittoria, ES, Brazil, April 2017.

      6. Departmental lecture, Dumping ground of toxic elements in pilot whales, Universidade de Rio Grande del Sul (Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil), March 2017

      7. Invited Lectures, Agricultral University of Nanjing and Soil Science Academy of Sciences, (Nanjing, China), May 2017

      8. Invited lecture, Arsenic in rice, Universidad de Concepcion (Concepcion, Chile), Jan. 2017

      9. Invited lecture: Arsenic contamination in water and opportunity for clean up, University de Tacna (Tacna, Peru), Sept. 2017

      10. Plenary lecture, ICPMS for targeted and non-targeted speciation analysis: the decade of the non-metals,  Asian Winter Plasma Conference, Matsue, Japan, Nov. 2017


    1. Keynote Lecture: Selenium Nanoparticles are now on the to do list for environmental chemists: Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, Tucson, Az, US, 10-15 Jan. 2016
    2. Invited Lecture: Arsenic speciation becomes as complicated as carbon speciation, Congress Analytica, Munich, Germany  May 2016
    3. Keynote Lecture: Organoarsenicals in seaweed: Are they toxic or beneficial? 5th International Congress of Arsenic in the Environment, Arsenic Congress As2016, Stockholm, Sweden, 19-23 June 2016
    4. Award winning Lecture tour in Japan (Ciba, Tokyo), June 2016
    5. Invited Lecture Why should we care about arsenolipids in the marine environment? BNASS, Liverpool, UK July 2016
    6. Plenary Lecture: Arsenolipids, 15th Workshop on Progress in Metal Speciation for Environmental Analytical Chemistry (TraceSpec), Gdansk, Poland 4-7 Sept. 2016
    7. Invited Lecture: What we do with the ICP-MS/MS, Agilent Workshop, Barcelona, Spain, October 2016
    8. Plenary Lecture: Should we bother about speciation analysis?, 17th European Meeting for Environmental Chemistry (EMEC), Inverness, UK, Dec. 2016


    1. European Award for Plasma Spectrochemistry lecture (Plenary): Arsenolipids – the wolf in the sheep skin, 2015 European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry  (Feb. 2015) Münster, Germany
    2. Opening plenary: Do we really need method development for elemental speciation or is that all routine now, CANAS 2015, Leipzig, Germany, 7-11 March 2015
    3. Invited lecture: ICP-MS – auch was für grosse Tiere. ANAKON, Graz, Austria, March 2015.


    1. Invited Lecture: Arsenolipide Analysis for Geeks or Nerds or useful for biomonitoring? Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, Amelia Island, Florida, US, 6-11 Jan. 2014
    2. Invited departmental Lecture: Arsenolipids and inorganic arsenic analysis Universidade Catholica de Valparaiso, Chile (6 March 2014)
    3. Invited departmental lecture: Arsenolipide analysis in mammals, what does that all mean? ISAS, Dortmund, Germany  (25 March 2014)
    4. Invited lecture: Arsenolipids –study for Geeks or Nerds, TEF-5, Trace Elements in Food, Copenhagen, Denmark (6-9 May 2014)
    5. Keynote lecture, Sulfur and selenium in garlic using a new ICP-MS platform, 20th International Mass Spectrometry Conference, Geneva, Switzerland, (24-29 Aug. 2014)
    6. Keynote lecture, Arsenolipodomics - how do we do this and should we care?  24th ICP-MS Anwendertreffen, Geesthacht, Germany, 15- 18 Sept. 2014
    7. Seminar and lecture, Humboldt International Graduation School
    8. Invited lecture, Arsenolpids – friends or foe?, 30th Gesellschaft für Mineralstoffe Jahrestreffen, 7-10 Oct. 2014, Freising, Germany
    9. Invited departmental lecture, Are Pilot whales the dumping ground for toxic elements? University of Graz, Chemistry, 24-25 Oct. 2014, Graz, Austria
    10. Invited departmental lecture, Arsenolipodomics using ICP-MS, 14 Nov. 2014, , University of St. Catarina, Chemistry, Florianopolis, Brazil


    1. Plenary Lecture Speciation analysis 2013 European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry Krakow, Poland (10-15 Feb. 2013).
    2. Invited Lecture Speciation studies and dynamic elemental bioimaging are key to unravel pharmacokinetics of trace elements in mammals at ANAKON 2013 (4-7 March 2013, Essen, Germany)
    3. Invited Lecture IBAMTOX conference (Ibero- American Meeting on Toxicology and Environmental Health) and ENCI  (Brazilian Meeting on Inorganic contaminants) 17-19 June 2013, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil
    4. Invited Lecture Nutritional immunity, 4th International Symposium on Metallomics (8-10 July 2013, Oviedo, Spain)
    5. Invited Lecture The good the bad and the ugly - Arsenic in seaweed by advanced ICPMS, Marine Institute Workshop, 11 Sept 2013, Galway, Ireland






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